Honestly, I don't have the energy for a really drawn out response (and the crowd goes wild!
). Yes, I had a great holiday.
The thing that I most wanted to touch on-- why do you believe that the relative advances in worker's rights that came after FDR would NOT have come
otherwise? My own opinion is that many of the laws that were passed were passed specifically to limit the rights that workers might otherwise have
claimed. If, for instance, a 40 hour work week had not been mandated, how do we know that we wouldn't, by now, be working 30 hour weeks?
By granting some concessions through law, the government served to limit the things that the labor unions and even individual workers might otherwise
An even better example of the way in which the government's regulations served to benefit the businesses is demonstrated by your statement regarding
the potential lack of employment opportunities that workers face, dictating that, rather than negotiating from a position of strength, they all too
often must negotiate from one of weakness. This is a direct result of the very deliberate efforts by the Federal Reserve's money managers to
maintain unemployment at a "healthy" level of approximately 5%. The SOLE reason for this is to make employment a buyer's market-- the system is
deliberately rigged so that there is ALWAYS a greater demand for jobs than there is a supply. The relative powerlessness of some employees that you
decry is a direct result of legislation passed in the wake of the Depression, and passed for the benefit, as I continue to try to point out, of those
who already held power rather than those who did not and still do not.
Regarding one of your other points-- I do believe that those who most crave power will always do whatever is necessary to achieve that power, and for
just that reason, I don't honestly believe that a libertarian government could ever come to be. To put it bluntly, if a libertarian presidential
candidate, for instance, were to actually appear to pose a threat to the hegemony of the two established parties, and if there weren't enough
skeletons in his closet to defame and discredit him or any other way to eliminate the threat he posed, he would be murdered. Guaranteed. Those who
have lied and cheated and stolen their way into positions of power are NOT going to give them up.
The reason that I promote libertarianism is that I see it as a way to at least slow the inexorable process in which we seem to be trapped. I
sincerely have sympathy for your notion that the power of the state, overseen by an involved and aware citizenry, could be used to counter at least
the most egregious abuses of megalomaniacs, but I also sincerely don't believe it could ever really work. If the citizens were genuinely aware and
involved enough to see the abuses for what they are and were to attempt to limit those abuses, those who hold the power would simply drop the pretense
behind which they currently hide and engage in their abuses literally at the point of a gun. The mechanisms for martial law and the detention of
dissidents are already in place, and they exist SPECIFICALLY because of the possibility that the citizens might actually wake up to what is being done
I don't see any way to avoid our fate, but I think that every time-- EVERY time-- that we the people hand the government a bit more power, no matter
how admirable the nominal purpose, we bring ourselves that much closer to overt tyranny that much quicker.
I don't think we'll stop this runaway train, but I wish that people would at least stop stoking the engine...